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Lack of Offense Hurts Blueshirts in Loss to the Oilers

That might be an understatement as the New York Rangers were shutout by the Edmonton Oilers last night by a score of 2-0.

The Blueshirts were outshot 27-19, which is par for the course for the team as they usually get outshot by 10 or more shots per game this season. The team also went 0-4 on the power play and could not seem to get into any kind of a rhythm out there.

To try and get the offense going, Rangers’ head coach John Tortorella juggled his lines throughout the game. Not one worked or was able to establish enough chemistry to be kept together to have some consistency.

One forward who did stand out for the Rangers was Marian Gaborik. Gaborik had a lot of jump in his game, had several good scoring chances and showed good speed. Gaborik definitely looks like the Gaborik from the 2009-10 season so hopefully for the Rangers, he will continue to play this way because it is obvious that the team needs to establish a consistent offense.

There were several players who did not get a lot of playing time last night. Guys like Erik Christensen, Michael Rupp and Artem Anisimov hardly saw the ice in the third period so it was apparent that Tortorella was trying to send a message to those players.

Henrik Lundqvist had another splendid game in goal stopping 22 of 24 shots before coming out of the game due to pain in his left foot. Lundqvist said the following after the game courtesy of the New York Rangers’ web site:

“I’m not going to go into a lot of details, but I have a lot of stuff in my skates and somehow it’s been causing a lot of pressure on my feet. All it takes is a small pressure point, but in the end it was too painful for me. It’s a little sore now, but tomorrow I will be fine.”

“It’s fixable and something we can work on (Sunday). It’s something that’s been creeping up on me and getting worse and worse, so we’ll just have to fix it. It’s nothing serious, but it’s frustrating, though. I don’t like leaving a game like that, and I’m disappointed, but we have one more game out here and we have to do whatever it takes to get those two points.”

If the Rangers want to come out and pick-up two points tomorrow night against the Winnipeg Jets, they are going to have to score some goals. The team has players that are capable of doing that so now, they just need to show up.

If they do not do that, than it will be the team’s offense that once again hurts the club.

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